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September 6, 2012

MOORE FISHING REPORT: State responds to CWD deer risk

PORT ARTHUR — State wildlife officials say more deliberation is needed before new rules are adopted governing Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) regulatory response to the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Texas.

 According to TPWD consideration of proposed rules restricting deer movement in the CWD affected area of far West Texas will be delayed until the Commission’s November meeting.

 “Because this is a very dynamic process involving a complex disease, our approach to proposed rules regarding unnatural deer movement is one of caution,” said Mitch Lockwood, TPWD big game program director.

 “The consensus among our CWD task force is that additional measures need consideration beyond what we originally proposed.”

 TPWD reported rules being considered would limit permitted deer movement into or from areas in which CWD has been discovered as well as areas for which there is a moderate to high probability that the disease exists undetected.

 “All mule deer harvested in the CWD Containment Zone of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson counties during the upcoming mule deer season, Nov. 23-Dec. 9 will be inspected by officials at mandatory hunter check stations and tested for CWD. Mandatory check stations will be set up at the Van Horn Convention Center and at Mae’s Café in Cornudas.”

 “Also, hunters in the surrounding High Risk Zone are encouraged to submit their harvested deer for CWD testing at voluntary check stations in Bakersfield, Midland, Alpine and Sanderson, scheduled to be open during all three weekends of the general mule deer season.”

 TPWD plans to post all test results on the agency’s website as soon as results are received from Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

 Now onto the report…

 North Sabine---There are lots of small trout and sand trout gathering along the north end. Reds are fair in the marshes. Flounder are improving weekly with good action around the channel and in the marshes on the Louisiana side of the lake.

 South Sabine---Fishing on the south end slowed a bit after last weekend. There are many reports of small trout and sand trout. Look for larger fish along the shorelines feeding on shrimp early and late. Reds are scattered. Flounder are fair to good on the island and along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait.

 Sabine Pass---Look for bull redfish at the jetties and in the surf with cut mullet and live croaker taking the most fish. Very few reports of trout. Flounder action is improving.

 Sabine River---Very few reports this week.

 Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports large redfish continue to be caught in the channel on live mullet. Trout action has been hit and miss. Very few reports of flounder yet.

 Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow.

 Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on watermelon craw worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

 LAKE LEVELS

 TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 168.62 Was 169.12

 RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 160.96 Was: 161.32

 B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.59 Was: 82.43

 

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